December 7, 2022

After six years, the Stonehill, Botiwtiw and Sadjap (Stobosa) Hillside Homes Artwork in La Trinidad, Benguet will be repainted, as talks are ongoing between the Tam-awan Village Artists Group and the municipality.

Chanum Foundation head Jordan Mang-osan said the artists have maintained the design and colors with some modifications in the plan. The foundation manages the Tam-awan Village, which is an artist hub located in Pinsao Proper, Baguio City.

Mang-osan said the project will once again be in partnership with paint provider Davies.

Mang-osan said the artists are elated with the support of residents, as many of them will be involved in the repainting project.

La Trinidad has also proposed to tap contractors for the repainting jobs.

“Our role as artists will be there to support and focus on the implementation of the design,” Mang-osan said.

Municipal Tourism Action Office Valred Olsim said the project is in the design phase, as the design concept will be presented first to the residents before the project will be implemented.

A memorandum of agreement will be signed between the municipality, Stobosa residents, Tam-awan Village artists, and Davies.

Stakeholders expect to implement the project by December or January next year. 

Provincial Tourism Officer Eleazar Carias said the Stobosa artwork has served as a magnet for tourists to visit the province.

The Stobosa Hillside Homes Artwork located in Barangay Balili near the Baguio-La Trinidad boundary, was part of the RevBloom project of the Department of Tourism-Cordillera.

The project involved painting of the facades of around 200 houses having an estimated population of 2,000. The total area painted was about 18,000 square meters with materials of houses ranging from concrete, GI sheet, and wood. La Trinidad then declared the Stobosa artwork as a tourist attraction through a resolution in 2016. – Ofelia C. Empian